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Month: February 2012

Re: [trinity-devel] Trinity qt4 port?

From: Darrell Anderson <humanreadable@...>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2012 11:12:14 -0800 (PST)
> These are the exact reasons I stopped to the move to Qt4 and
> picked up
> maintenance of Qt3 (now becoming TQt3).  I gave the
> conversion effort my
> best shot (which took many, many months of effort) and
> stopped once it
> became apparent how extensive Qt4's limitations were
> (especially in
> drawing operations and native X11 window handling) and also
> how buggy Qt4
> really is.

An indirect effect of these conversations finally has revealed why porting to Qt4 has not happened and is not palatable. I'm not qualified to address those issues, but these past conversations now shed some light.

When viewed from the perspective that Qt4 is (probably) influenced by cell phone design, then I start to see some of the challenges with Qt4. That does not make Qt4 "right" or "wrong" in itself, but sheds light on whether Qt4 is an appropriate tool set for the desktop style of computing. Sounds to me that Qt4 is a good selection for hand-held devices but perhaps not so great for desktop computing.

> Thanks for the encouragement!

Please don't let any of the recent conversations discourage you. One person's opinion is only that --- an opinion. An opinion that is full of holes and false presumptions. A person who has acted arrogantly and pompously and full of himself. A person who appointed himself as a nanny and keeper of some self-imagined realm. A person who, from the beginning of the Trinity project, has voiced nothing but contempt for those efforts rather than let people choose their own destiny. The essence of free/libre software is people choose how they want to use software. This person has refused to embrace that cornerstone and has mocked his own pretense of supporting free/libre software. The blog post that started these conversations is evidence that this person has used his own rope to hang himself. Despite his skills, with that post he lost his credibility.

Tim, regardless of whatever transpires in this list, please know you have my highest respect as a project leader and skilled software developer. Please continue this journey with us!